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- War, inside and out Steel Battalion Heavy Armor provides a combination of first person shooter (FPS) controller gameplay with immersive gameplay elements that only Kinect can provide
- Take to the battlefield: Instil fear in the enemy as the pilot of a Vertical Tank (VT), but feel fear of death as you and your crew become the focus of the enemy's attacks
- Brothers in arms: Utilize Kinect to engage with fellow VT crew members as you share the emotional highs and lows of the battlefield
- Unique universe: Steel Battalion Heavy Armor is set in a world where the balance of power has been dramatically changed following a technology meltdown and once mighty nations are now reliant on human skill and courage to regain justice and freedom
- Innovation: As with the original Steel Battalion, Steel Battalion Heavy Armor, once more demonstrates Capcom's commitment to take advantage of current technologies and push development boundaries to deliver unique and compelling gaming experiences
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Taking full advantage of the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360*, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor is an Xbox 360 exclusive First-Person Action game like no other. Using the Kinect Sensor players engage in mech style gameplay that promises to deliver a uniquely immersive experience and an evolution in warfare gaming. Features include a futuristic, yet low-tech military campaign dominated by hulking vertical tanks (VT), tank customization, the necessity of getting to know and protecting AI squadmates, and online multiplayer support via Xbox LIVE.
Set in 2082, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor depicts a world devoid of semiconductors, where war is waged with rudimentary weapons as new superpowers struggle for dominance. In a twist of fate, the U.S. army has been forced to begin major landing operations on what was once its own soil. In this low-tech era, there is one weapon class that will determine the course of the war – the Vertical Tank (VT). Playing as pilot Lt. Powers, players control one such VT as he embarks on a mission that will see the action shift from North America to battlefields and war-torn streets across the globe.
Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor delivers an unprecedented level of control and interaction. VT movement, aiming and firing of the main guns are undertaken using the Xbox 360 controller. A wide variety of other combat-crucial actions are done through Kinect for Xbox 360 with upper body gestures - from starting the engine, to operating the scope or manning the turret-mounted machine gun. Kinect for Xbox 360 also provides a means of interacting with your fellow crew members. These range from ensuring a panicked crew member stays focused, to a high five for successfully completing a mission.
Online Co-op Play
Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor introduces a brand new four player online co-op mode via Xbox LIVE. Work together with your friends on a variety of maps to destroy a set amount of enemies and unlock new items to customize your VT with. In addition to this, you can unlock Xbox achievements by playing Score Attack mode where you and your friends will be rated based on performance.
Key Game Features
- Warfare Evolved - Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor provides a combination of First-Person Shooter (FPS) controller gameplay, with immersive gameplay elements that only Kinect can provide
- Take to the battlefield - Instill fear in the enemy as the pilot of a Vertical Tank (VT), but feel fear of death as you and your crew become the focus of the enemy's attacks
- Brothers in Arms - Utilize the Kinect Sensor* to engage with fellow VT crew members as you share the emotional highs and lows of the battlefield
- Unique universe - Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor is set in a world where the balance of power has been dramatically changed following a technology meltdown and once mighty nations are now reliant on human skill and courage to regain justice and freedom
- Innovation - As with the original Steel Battalion, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, once more demonstrates Capcom's commitment to take advantage of current technologies and push development boundaries to deliver unique and compelling gaming experiences
- Online Co-Op Multiplayer - Team up with up to four players on many different battlefields and work together to destroy the enemy and get the best score possible
Xbox 360 exclusive FPS play.
Online co-op multiplayer.
Get to know our squad.
Customize your vertical tank.
* Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360 is required for play.
Top Customer Reviews
I consider myself a core gamer, however I have no hate for Kinect, Move, Wii, or Wii-U Tablet. I believe they can compliment core games. Steel Battalion is a core game for Kinect. It is definitely not a casual friendly game. The truth is, it's not a friendly game at all. It has a good amount of challenge (although it is not as challenging as its predecessors on the Xbox). You will feel the adrenaline rush of being in a cramped tank/mech and it is easy to get lost in the moment and begin to start "flailing." This is where you will find frustration. YOU CANNOT FLAIL.
Just to paraphrase a Kotaku review of the game, they claimed that it took 10 hours to get through the first two missions in the game. Now either I am in the wrong profession or I was just able to have Kinect properly calibrated and play "within control" because I was able to complete those missions within one hour. This is a difficult game and at times it is extremely frustrating. I ended up having to completely replay a mission because of some cheap AI sneaking behind your mech in a scripted event and launching an RPG. This had shattered my viewport and my periscope so I was more or less "screwed."
That's the thing with this game, if you make mistakes, you will likely have to replay with the knowledge you had before. It's funny that the critics loved Dark Souls and Demon Souls as I understand that From Software made those games as well. However they completely hate the same idea here because it is a Kinect game.Read more ›
The most important part is calibrating kinect before getting into the game and making sure you are far enough away so that you body is entirely visible by the sensor, especially your hands. You need to have a clear space around in front of the kinect and you cannot have microphone poles or lamps that have parts which to the kinect may look like an arm. Next you have to make sure that your movements are at moderate speed. Jerking your arm in any direction will result in loss of accuracy and you will hitting everything in the cockpit except the thing you want.
The story so far is a lot of fun to go through and makes sense. The interaction between characters is genuine and made better with good facial capture. There is perma-death for your squad in this game so losing someone because you messed up as the operator hits home. The sound is immersive and powerful making everything come alive during combat and during downtime. The graphics leave quite a bit to be desired, but the art direction and level design sell the atmosphere really well regardless. The game poses quite a significant amount of challenge to the player, and while it is no Dark Souls there is a learning curve here and you need to think strategically throughout the campaign if you want to survive.
I would have given this game five stars but there are two things that held it back for me. The first is that mission objectives are not always clear and obvious to find.Read more ›
Controls are super touchy!!
When the thing actually works and my Kinect can differentiate between hands and arms I can actually enjoy this tittle.
Unfortunately I believe its a Capcom issue, and instead of making an option to be completely Kinectless for some folks that cant seem to get it to freaking work, or stop someone from stabbing a memeber of your crew because the game cant render your turn to the left movements.... I could go on and on.
Just keep in mind, if you like mechanized warfare this is your game, just be ready to get upset, then pissed, then rage.
After about 5 minutes of rage, it will magically cooperate with you, and then at the start of the next mission it will start its shenanigans all over again.
- putting this on Kinect
- changing the game setting from it's original sci-fi setting (There is now a drill sergeant in here....)
I bought a Kinect for this game since the previous 2 Steel Battalions were great. WHAT A MISTAKE!
If you are a fan then forget about this franchise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is horrorable compaird to the control for the orginal gamePublished 13 months ago by lordvolkhark
I love it now if we can get the Kinect to read the players we should be good, got it within the time frame they said I was going to get it.Published 19 months ago by whitewolf65